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Districts, councils and units: A grassroots primer

The PTA structure is organized from the bottom up, starting with the local PTA at your child’s school and going all the way to National PTA.

THREE LEVELS OF LOCAL ADVOCACY

Three levels of geographical organization are part of California PTA:

  • Units – The familiar local PTA at your child’s school is called a “unit.” Organized and chartered according to rules and regulations outlined in California State PTA bylaws, units are self-governing organizations for the purpose of planning programs and activities to meet local community needs. However, they are required to observe policies of California State PTA and National PTA. Find out more about your school’s local PTA unit.
  • Councils – Councils are groups of member units that come together for conferences, leadership trainings and other coordinated area efforts.
  • Districts — District PTAs are large geographical divisions of California State PTA, established to carry out programs and coordinate the work of the councils and units.

DISTRICT OFFICES   DISTRICT MAP

LOCALS ASSISTED BY STATE AND NATIONAL GROUPS

To help units, councils and districts accomplish school and community goals, California State PTA:

  • Serves as a liaison with National PTA
  • Represents PTA through participation in statewide meetings and conferences of allied groups, agencies, and coalitions having goals similar to PTA
  • Provides leadership training through the annual convention meeting, field services and workshops
  • Provides services, materials, and publications
  • Supports and works for legislation on statewide issues affecting education, health and well-being of children and youth
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for PTA information and as a coordinating agency for PTA work in the state.

YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR PTA

The best way to get involved in PTA is to start where it affects your child and family most: in your own community.  Join PTA and, to find out about activities and advocacy happening in your own neighborhood, contact your school’s local unit.

FIND YOUR LOCAL PTA

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT COUNCILS AND DISTRICTS

COUNCILS

  • ABC Council PTA, Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood
  • Alameda Council of PTAs, Alameda
  • Alhambra Council of Parents and Teachers, Inc., Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel
  • Alta Loma Council of PTAs, Alto Loma, Rancho Cucamonga
  • Alvord Council of PTAs, Riverside
  • Anaheim Elementary Council of PTAs, Anaheim, Cypress, Lapalma
  • Anaheim Secondary Council of PTAs, Cypress, La Palma
  • Arcadia Council PTA, Inc, Arcadia
  • Atlantic-Griffith Council of PTAs, Los Angeles, Monterey Park
  • Bassett Council of PTAs, City of Industry, La Puente
  • Bayside Council of PTAs, Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Pinole, Stevenson Ranch, Valencia
  • Bellflower Council of PTAs, Bellflower, Lakewood
  • Belmont-Redwood Shores Council of PTAs, Belmont, Redwood City
  • Berkeley Council of PTAs, Berkeley
  • Beverly Hills Council of PTAs, Beverly Hills
  • Bonita Council of PTAs, Laverne, San Dimas
  • Brea Council of PTAs, Brea
  • Buena Park Council of PTAs, Anaheim, Buena Park, La Palma
  • Burbank Council of Parent and Teacher Associations, Inc., Burbank
  • Burlingame Council of PTAs, Burlingame
  • Cajon Valley Council of PTAs, El Cajon, La Mesa
  • Camarillo Council of PTAs, Camarillo
  • Capistrano Unified Council of PTSAs, Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Las Flores, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Trabuco Canyon
  • Carlsbad Unified Council of PTAs, Carlsbad
  • Charter Oak Council of PTAs, Covina, Glendora
  • Chula Vista Elementary Council of PTAs, Chula Vista, San Diego
  • Compton Union Council of PTAs, Compton, Los Angeles
  • Conejo Council of PTAs, Agoura Hills, Newberry Park, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village
  • Corona-Norco Council of PTAs, Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Mira Loma,
  • Covina-Valley Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, Inc., Covina, West Covina
  • Culver City Council of PTAs, Culver City
  • Cupertino-Fremont-Sunnyvale Council of PTAs, Cupertino, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale
  • Cypress Council of PTAs, Cypress, La Palma
  • Del Norte Council of PTAs, Oceanside, Vista
  • Delta Council of PTAs, Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Oakley
  • Downey Council of Parents and Teachers, Inc., Downey
  • El Dorado Oeste Council of PTAs, Anaheim, Buena Park, Stanton
  • El Monte Council of PTAs, Arcadia, El Monte, South El Monte, Temple City
  • El Segundo Council of Parents and Teachers, Inc., El Segundo
  • Escondido Council of PTAs, Escondido
  • Evergreen Council of PTAs, San Jose
  • Folsom Cordova PTA Council, Folsom, Mather, Rancho Cordova
  • Fontana Council of PTAs, Fontana
  • Foothills Secondary Council of PTAs, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lakeside, Santee, Spring Valley
  • Fremont Council PTA, Fremont
  • Fresno Unified Council of PTAs, Fresno
  • Fullerton Council of PTAs, Buena Park, Fullerton
  • Garden Grove Council of PTAs, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster
  • Garvey Council PTA, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel
  • Gateway Council of PTAs, Carson, Gardena, Harbor City, Lomita, Los Angeles, Wilmington
  • Glendale Council of Parent-Teacher Association, Inc., Glendale, La Crescenta
  • Glendora Council of PTAs, Glendora
  • Hacienda-La Puente Council of PTAs, Hacienda Heights, La Puente
  • Harbor Council of PTAs, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Newport Coast
  • Hemet-San Jacinto Council of PTAs, Anza, Hemet, Idyllwild, San Jacinto, Winchester
  • High Desert Council of PTAs, Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville
  • Highlands Council of PTAs, Los Angeles
  • Huntington Union Council of PTAs, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach
  • Inglewood Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, Inc., Inglewood
  • Irvine Unified Council of PTAs, Irvine
  • Jefferson Council of PTAs, Daly City
  • La Canada Council of PTAs, La Canada
  • La Habra Council of PTAs, La Habra, Whittier
  • Laguna Beach Unified Council of PTAs, Laguna Beach
  • Lake Elsinore Council PTSA, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar
  • Lakeside Council of PTAs, Lakeside
  • Las Trampas Creek Council of PTAs, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek
  • Lawndale Council of PTAs, Lawndale
  • Lemon Grove Council of PTAs, La Mesa, Lemon Grove
  • Lincoln Council of PTAs, Stockton
  • Lodi Council of PTAs, Lockeford, Lodi, Stockton
  • Lomita-San Pedro Council of PTAs, Lomita, San Pedro, Torrance, Wilmington
  • Lompoc Council of PTAs, Lompoc, Vandenburg, Vandenburg AFB
  • Long Beach Council of Parents and Teachers, Inc., Avalon, Lakewood, Long Beach, Signal Hill
  • Los Alamitos Unified Council of PTAs, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach
  • Los Altos-Mountain View Council of PTAs, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View
  • Los Amigos Council of PTAs, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, North Hills, Pacoima, Panorama City, Rancho Cucamonga
  • Los Robles Council of PTAs, Encino, Lake Balboa, Northridge, Reseda, Tarzana, Van Nuys
  • Manhattan Beach Council of PTAs, Manhattan Beach
  • Martinez Council of PTAs, Martinez
  • Menifee Valley Council of PTAs, Menifee, Parris, Romoland, Sun City, Winchester
  • Mill Valley Council of PTAs, Mill Valley
  • Millbrae Council of PTAs, Millbrae, San Bruno
  • Milpitas Unified Council of PTAs, Milpitas
  • Monrovia Council of PTAs, Monrovia
  • Montebello Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, Inc., Bell Gardens, Commerce, Los Angeles, Montebello, Monterey Park, Richmond, Rodeo, San Pablo, Kensington
  • Moorpark Council of PTAs, Moorpark
  • Mountain Area Council of PTAs, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs
  • Mt. Diablo Council of PTAs, Bay Point, Concord, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek
  • Mt. Helix Council of PTAs, El Cajon, La Mesa, Spring Valley
  • Murrieta Valley Council of PTSAs, Murrieta
  • North Antelope Valley Council of PTAs, Lancaster, Palmdale, Quartz Hill, Rosamond
  • North Coastal Council of PTAs, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Solana Beach
  • North Marin Council of PTAs, Novato
  • North Valley Council of PTAs, San Jose
  • North West Valley Council of PTSAs, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Pico Rivera, San Gabriel
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Council of PTAs, Inc., La Mirada, Norwalk
  • Orange Community Council of PTAs, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana
  • Oxnard Council of PTAs, Oxnard
  • Pacific Council of PTAs, Bell, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, Walnut Park
  • Palo Alto Council of PTAs, Palo Alto, Stanford
  • Palomar Council of PTAs, Poway, San Diego
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Council of PTAs, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates
  • Paramount Council of PTAs, Long Beach, Paramount, South Gate
  • Pasadena Council of Parents and Teachers, Inc., Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Anaheim, Placentia, Yorba Linda
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Council of PTAs/PTSAs, Anaheim
  • Pleasanton PTA Council, Pleasanton, Pleasanton
  • Pomona USD Council of PTAs, Diamond Bar, Pomona
  • Rancho Cucamonga Council of PTAs, Alta Loma, Cucamonga, Etiwanda, Fontana, Ontario, San Fernando, Sepulveda, Sylmar
  • Redlands Council of PTAs, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino
  • Redondo Beach Council of PTAs, Redondo Beach
  • Rialto Council of PTAs, Colton, Rialto
  • Riverside Council of PTAs, Riverside
  • Rosemead Council of PTAs, Rosemead
  • Rowland Council of PTAs, La Puente, Rowlands Heights, Walnut, West Covina
  • Sacramento Council of PTAs, Sacramento
  • Saddleback Valley Council of PTAs, Foothill Ranch, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Trabuco Canyon
  • San Carlos Council of PTAs, San Carlos
  • San Diego Unified Council of PTAs, La Jolla, San Diego
  • San Jose Unified Council of PTAs, San Jose
  • San Marino Council of PTAs, San Marino
  • San Mateo-Foster City PTA Council, Foster City, San Mateo
  • San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon
  • Sanger Council of PTAs, Del Rey, Fresno, Sanger
  • Santa Ana Council of PTAs, Santa Ana
  • Santa Barbara Area Council of PTAs, Alviso, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale
  • Santa Clara Unified Council of PTAs, Alviso, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale
  • Santa Clarita Valley Council PTA, Canyon Country, Castaic, Newhall, Santa Clarita, Saugus, Reseda
  • Santa Maria Valley Council of PTAs, Los Alamos, Orcutt, Santa Maria
  • Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs, Malibu, Santa Monica
  • Simi Valley PTA/PTSA Council, Simi Valley
  • South Antelope Valley Council of PTAs, Lake Hughes, Palmdale
  • South Bay Council of PTAs, Imperial Beach, San Diego, San Ysidro
  • South Pasadena Council of PTAs, South Pasadena
  • South San Francisco Council of PTAs, Daly City, San Bruno, South San Francisco
  • Sun Valley Council of PTAs, Ramona
  • Sweetwater Secondary Council of PTSAs, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach
  • Temecula Valley Council of PTAs, Murrieta, Temecula, Winchester
  • Temple City Council of Parents and Teachers, Inc., San Gabriel, Temple City
  • Tierra Del Sol Council of PTAs, El Cajon, Santee
  • Torrance Council of PTAs, Torrance
  • Turlock Council of PTAs, Turlock
  • Upland Council of PTAs, Mt. Baldy, Upland
  • Valley Gateway Council of PTAs, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Van Nuys
  • Valley Hills Council of PTAs, North Hollywood, Sun Valley, Sunland, Tujunga
  • Valley West Council of PTAs, Canoga Park, Tarzana, West Hills, Winnetka, Woodland Hills
  • Ventura Council of PTAs, Oak View, Santa Pala, Ventura
  • Visalia Council of PTAs, Visalia
  • West Covina Council of PTAs, West Covina
  • Westminster Council of PTAs, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Midway City, Westminster
  • Whittier Council of Parents and Teachers, Inc., Pico Rivera, Whittier
  • Yucaipa-Calimesa Council of PTAs, Calimesa, Yucaipa

DISTRICTS